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Biographical/Historical Information

Otto Hirsch was born in Stuttgart in 1885, the son of Louis Hirsch (ME 310). He was a co-founder and board member of the Neckar AG which was responsible for the canalization of the Neckar river. After his forced dismissal in 1933, he dedicated himself to Jewish politics and became the chairman of the newly founded "Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden". Otto Hirsch died in the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1941.

Since 1985, the city of Stuttgart, the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, and the Jewish congregation in Stuttgart presented annually the Otto-Hirsch-Award to various personalities who have devoted themselves to cooperative work between Christians and Jews.

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Unknown Artist: Otto Hirsch Medal, Leo Baeck Institute, 61.195.